Americans Will Go to the Polls for the Presidential Election Today
Americans will go to the polls for the presidential election on Tuesday. Their choice will determine whether Democratic candidate Joe Biden or Republican Donald Trump will become the new president of the United States.
According to opinion polls, Biden (77) is ahead of Trump (74). But incumbent President Trump dismisses the polls as “fake news” and points out that he also started the race as an outsider in 2016.
It is unclear whether there will be a winner on election night. That is by no means certain, given the large number of votes cast by post—a record number as a result of the corona pandemic.
The whole country has been looking forward to election day for months, but probably half of all voters have already voted. On Saturday, about 92 million voters had already cast their votes by letter or in pre-opened polling stations. Nearly 137 million Americans voted in the 2016 presidential election.
There are also parliamentary elections on Tuesday. This year, all 435 members of the House of Representatives will be re-elected.
In addition, a third of the Senate seats are at stake. Currently, Democrats hold the majority in the House of Representatives (235 out of 435 seats), but a minority in the Senate (45 out of 100 seats).